When I’m Not Home…


The other day, I mentioned that I had agreed to an on-site proofing gig, on one condition: I would only go in for three half days a week, rather than three full days.

It’s amazing how big a difference a half day makes. I already feel a lot less overwhelmed, and have begun settling into a rhythm of nighttime blogging, a.m. article work, and afternoons at the office.

And, of course, there are benefits to this gig. Namely:

  1. money
  2. it forces me to leave the condo

Then again, there are things that I miss:

  1. not wearing a bra
  2. not wearing anything that could remotely be considered office-appropriate (you can pry my crappy, six-year-old flip-flops out of my cold, dead hands)
  3. morning walks around the neighborhood
  4. coffee that doesn’t make me throw up in my mouth a little
  5. lunch breaks in front of the TV with my cats and some leftovers
  6. constant access to Gmail, Google Reader, and Twitter
  7. sunlight
  8. my ergonomic chair
  9. the ability to go to the supermarket when no one else is there
  10. the ability to start leisurely cooking dinner at 5 p.m.
  11. the ability to start singing along at the top of my lungs when Bette Midler’s “The Rose” comes up on my iTunes playlist
  12. Minesweeper
  13. flexibility
  14. the delicious familiarity of home

::sigh:: This gig is temporary, right?

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  1. Glad you get to do the half day thing. Back when I had an office gig, I remember walking in on half days with a lighter step so constant half days would make each day a little better. And, the getting out of the house thing is all too important.

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